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The Ambrose Beacon (The Solas Prophecy)

The Ambrose Beacon (The Solas Prophecy) - Alena Gouveia Book Info
Paperback, 404 pages
Published April 8th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 1483992594 (ISBN13: 9781483992594)
edition language English
other editions None found
Source:Digital copy from Author

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Strange things have been happening in Evergreen, Colorado. People are disappearing, wolves are prowling the woods for the first time in seventy years, and strangers in black are showing up at the local schools. For the Ambrose family, it’s a sign that their quiet lives are about to be changed forever. The events signal the beginning of a struggle that will either push them closer together as a family, or tear them apart. To survive, each of the children must harness the strange new abilities with which they’ve been gifted and learn to fight as one. For Jeremiah Ambrose, the struggle to protect his children will force him to put aside his animosity for his brother-in-law Harper, and learn to see him in a different light.

But for Harper, the burden is heaviest. He alone knows the truth about the strange events and what they mean for his family. Something is searching for the Ambrose children. And when it finds them, the fate of the whole world will be decided…

My Thoughts

Like a good recipe a good book must have “tasty” components that make it enjoyable, crisp action that leaves no doubt as to what characters are going through, characters who resonate with the reader in some capacity so they can relate to them throughout the story, plot lines that have plausible connections that lead to a believable tale, if part of a conflict clearly defined villains that are not easily defeated and most of all either an ending that resolves everything or one that leaves off at a point that easily can be picked up at a later date to continue in another book.

Author Alena Gouveia has covered all these areas well creating a story about a family whose lives are forever changed in ways that none of them would have ever dreamed possible. The way in which the story evolves allows the reader to become familiar with each character and their personalities from the young Billie Ambrose to the elderly Dolores Ramirez, grandmother of Eduardo who goes to school and is friends with Dinah Ambrose.

The conflict at the center of it all is only resolved at the very end when the identity of the magical “Solas” is finally revealed and the power that is sought by both factions of good and evil is manifested.

Like others who were given a chance by the Author to read a digital review copy of this first book in the Solas Phrophecy series it was a delight to find myself easily involved in the fantasy aspects of the piece as well as rapidly becoming attached to quite a few of the characters, especially Vaughn Ambrose and his father Jeremiah’s partner in the FBI Larry.

This book is hard for me to categorize as it is actually a mixture of genres, including mystery, action thriller, paranormal, suspense and even science fiction.

Powerful tale of familial love and good vs evil, addictive reading once you get involved in the story.